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Letters to the Editor - June 18

June 16, 2011

A simple solution for Boonsboro's recycling woes

To the editor:

The Third Annual Boonsboro Green Fest drew approximately 2,200 visitors, most from Washington County, with some guests from as far as California, Colorado and Massachusetts. As chairperson of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, I had the pleasure of meeting many individuals sincerely interested in continuing to move toward a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. Many appreciated the opportunity to recycle numerous items from old sneakers to electronic devices.

Questions repeatedly asked were, "Why is there no curbside recycling in Boonsboro?" and "Why is there not countywide recycling?" One resident assumed, of course, that there was curbside recycling and wanted to know where to pick up a recycling bin. It becomes increasingly difficult to even speculate on why, in the year 2011, 41 years after the first Earth Day, there is not even the most basic attempt to reduce landfill waste. Our task force is heartened by the fact that two more communities, Smithsburg and Clear Spring, have adopted curbside recycling. We applaud them for acting responsibly.

It is extremely disappointing that Boonsboro, Washington County's second-largest community, remains without this service. The majority of the Boonsboro Town Council chooses to dismiss at least two valuable community resources that would help to assure a successful curbside recycling program.  One is generous donations from the Nora Roberts Foundation for the purpose of curbside recycling and the other is the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, which stands ready to promote and support this endeavor. Yet the council has remained so steadfast to twice-a-week trash service that adding curbside recycling to the equation provides the easy out of appearing too expensive. A simple solution, and one that has yet to be properly examined, is once-a-week trash collection and once-a-week recycling pick-up. Anyone who recycles knows that this is more than sufficient. The town would not be taking away a service, but adapting the service to meet the needs of the community and the environment — protecting our future, not clinging to the past.

Hopefully, community members who value good stewardship of the earth will encourage council members to request bids for recycling for the fiscal year beginning in July 2012.  Please let your voices be heard on this issue. Attend meetings, become involved and show you care.

Rosemary James, chairperson

Boonsboro Recycling Task Force




One day will we know for sure if there is a creator



To the editor:

I think we should just let people have their own thoughts concerning the topic of evolution and people not wanting to believe that there has to be a creator. People have their minds made up anyway concerning different matters on issues.

People will be people, but I love how some think they can predict and dictate the future of the end of the world as we know it. There is only one person who actually knows when that day and time is going to come and be, and if you're a true God-believing person, you know who it is.

I say let all believe what they want. The day will come when we all will find out for sure if there is a creator. Won't we?

Pete Seville

Greencastle, Pa.

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